Payroll Processor Salary

Payroll Processors in the United States take home approximately $15.90 per hour on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $11.66 per hour to $21.47. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Payroll Processors is high. Payroll Processors who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 90 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,517 - $49,649
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$50K
MEDIAN: $39,241
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$11.66 - $21.47
(Median)
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,517 - $49,649  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,548  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,381 - $47,708  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $21.47  
   
Overtime
$20.48 - $31.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,548  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,381 - $47,708  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 178
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Job Description for Payroll Processor

Payroll processors process payroll information for employees within their organization, which may include a large number of employees at multiple locations. Duties include collecting, entering, and maintaining data for weekly or bi-weekly processing, recording data for accounting reports, conducting ACH processing for direct deposits and performing some clerical duties. A payroll processor generally works with several departments or colleagues to send and receive data, so they must be prepared to work within their office team and with clients.

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Payroll Processor Tasks

  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to payroll.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Processor


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Payroll Processors who transition into a Senior Payroll Processor role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $46K per year.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Processor


Payroll Processors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, Payroll Administration, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Processor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Payroll Processors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $33K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $36K. For Payroll Processors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $43K.

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Experience Affects Payroll Processor Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Processor Salaries

ADP Payroll System
up arrow 16%

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 13%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$35,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 28%
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